last year i doodled a tour through the shops of some of my favorite artists. i had so much fun with it, i did a fresh round this year. even if you aren't in the mood for shopping, hop on the bus anyway - there are great things to see, fabulous people to meet, good times to be had!
(shop: agambroult) what first pulled me into amy's world of elemental is that she WRITES WITH METAL. check out her artful stones. how fantastic are those? and from there the lovefest only gets bigger. her metalwork has such a smooth, clean, satisfying finish that it's hard to imagine the intense process that goes into making each piece. she writes a terrific blog about her work, her life, and sometimes both.
(shop: choosingbeauty) liv, that angel, opened up her shop earlier this year featuring prints of her collages and bottlecap necklaces with super uplifting messages, and her sales are already shooting into the sky. she blogs nearly daily at choosing beauty about things she chooses to do, see, and experience - which balances me out so nicely because i'm largely a reactive person and let things just happen.
(shop: anopensketchbook) it was ABOUT DAMN TIME that suzannefabulouscabrera opened a shop! you'll love her blog an open sketchbook if you haven't found it already. she's one of the best (and funniest) sketchers i know. she's having a shop launch sale: buy 2 prints, get 1 free through this friday!
(shop: carissapaige) i love carissa. how can i not? she wears canary yellow tights, and they look perfect on her. all of her drawings and paintings remind me of her: sprightly, charming, darling and wise. she has a wonderful dream log, too.
(shop: mirthmarket) julie's handpainted wooden rings are darling. go see. bursts of little candies for the hand. on my list to buy!
(shop: buffalolucy) julie and i met through our daughters a few years ago, and for the longest time neither of us had a clue that the other was an artist. well, you don't learn these kinds of things at dropoff and pickup times and frenzied birthday parties. somehow our online worlds finally crossed in an AHA moment last year, and i am just crazy bonkers over her jewelry. i love how the bright splashes of stone contrast with the medieval grooviness of her metal work, and i finally treated myself to one of her necklaces!
(shop: annebvinyl) i met anne via my friend christy (formerly of the petite press, now inkello letterpress) and i was just WOWED by her vinylicious goods. i am a sucker for nearly anything made of vinyl and oilcloth, and anne does it with the same impeccable touch that christy has with her letterpress work.
(shop: rachelawes) rachel's world all i did was listen could not be more perfectly named - her art and words have windows to the soul, as though they are there just waiting to hear what you have to say. when we were at her cabin in minnesota earlier this year, she asked each of us what we loved - and she drew my answer here. i'm still swooning over it.
(shop: crabcakescouture) not only is alix one of my best pals, she's also a rockin' children's clothing designer. she does a booming wholesale business as well as through word of mouth. i've bought her cake tees every year for my daughters, as well as her girlie girl shirts, ricecake babies, necklaces, cuffs, layered cake skirts, so many things that aren't even listed here. she's a mix and match pattern genius!
(shop: candiedfabrics) candy dyes all of her delicious fabrics by hand and then creates mini masterpieces out of them. check out her mod house ornaments, her messenger bags, freshly picked outfits, and her art quilts. she writes an awesome blog, too, on topics ranging from funny everyday bits of her life to super useful business-oriented posts. my girls each have one of her freshly picked shirts and they wash and wear beautifully. problem is, her fabrics are so delish i keep trying to eat them. free shipping in her shop through the 12th!
(shop: lbolter) i adore laura's colorful, fresh, juicy art! she's one of my favorite jewish artists, right alongside susie of mishmish. we've been corresponding for two years but it was only this week that we finally met for coffee!
(shop: oodlestitchandfold) i first found magaly through her other blog and her illustration shop, the itsy bitsy spill, and immediately snapped up one of her cuffs and felted pendants when she opened oodle stitch and fold earlier this year. not only are they gorgeous, they are beautifully made and they go with nearly everything i have.
(shop: polarity) i've never connected personally with cat before now, but her magnetic lockets have totally pulled me in, so to speak, and i'll be getting one for myself before long. check out her artists' series and you will probably recognize some familiar names - lori portka, stephanie levy, and jessica swift, among others. all of her locket lids are interchangeable and totally darling.
(shop: loriportka) looking at one of lori's paintings is like being in a world you never want to leave. if you have a moment, check out the story behind her work - it lends such a deep authenticity to the beautiful pieces she creates. her work totally stands alone, but it has even more meaning when you read how she found her happiness through art.
and there you have it - the 2010 handmade holiday doodletour! if you have time, it's worth a visit to the artists on last year's tour - most of them have their shops filled with goodies for the holidays. hope you enjoyed the ride!
p.s. if you're curious, all of the backgrounds for these pictures were covers of vintage books i've snagged from our library book sales over the years!